Tuesday 20 February 2018

Flight blunder must never be repeated

HOW wonderful the first news must have seemed to 14-year-old Meadhbh McGivern and her parents when they heard it on Saturday night. Meadhbh needed a vital liver transplant, and King's College Hospital in London had a suitable organ available.

Alas, the four-hour saga that followed ended in bitter disappointment after the Health Service Executive failed to find an aircraft guaranteed to fly her to London in time to meet the 2am deadline for the operation.

It hurts to imagine the devastation inflicted on Meadhbh and her family. Their hopes had been raised, then destroyed. Their worst moment must have arrived at 11.22pm. Only 26 minutes after their arrival at Sligo Airport from Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, the hospital advised them not to travel.

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